A fitted waterproof outer shell jacket is one of the best investments an all-weather cyclist can make. Of course, no jacket will prevent water seeping in after hours of riding in a torrential downpour, but showers do pass, and until they do, the Double Century RTX jacket from Portland’s Showers Pass will make the riding a lot more bearable.
From the press release: Inspired by the challenging rides and variable conditions of Northern California and the Pacific Northwest, Showers Pass has been combining high-performance materials with innovative functional design for cyclists since 1997.
With our roots in high-performance waterproof-breathable outerwear, we’ve grown to offer a wide range of apparel and unique accessories for anyone who faces the elements, from city dwellers heading to the pub to pro cyclists heading to the top of L’Alpe d’Huez.
The Double Century RTX jacket is the road cyclist’s new total package in all-weather outerwear. Its revolutionary Artex 2.5DC waterproof-breathable fabric is dubbed DC because of the Double Charcoal print inside, which lifts the membrane off the skin, delivering a drier and incomparably comfortable interior. Yet for all this, it weighs just 11.2oz (317gr) in a men’s medium.
Regular 2.5-layer hardshell jackets feature a face fabric, a waterproof membrane, and a print that makes up the half layer. To offer more space between the waterproof membrane and your skin, Artex 2.5DC is printed with a charcoal material twice. This not only provides superior comfort for such a lightweight jacket; the antimicrobial charcoal also fights odors, unlike your average 2.5-layer waterproof fabric, which is lined only with cellulose.
Showers Pass president Kyle Ranson says, “We believe we’ve created a new category in waterproof-breathable technology with our Artex 2.5DC fabric. The level of comfort against the skin and the antimicrobial properties are unprecedented in a jacket this lightweight. And seven venting options allow you to dial in the perfect setup for intensity and conditions. There’s simply nothing else out there like it.”
• Waterproof-breathable Artex 2.5DC hardshell fabric for lightweight weather protection
• Fully seam taped for wind- and waterproofness
• YKK Vislon 2-way front zip with storm flap and chin guard
• Core vents and large back vent for flow-through ventilation
• Chest pocket with audio port and large back pocket with water-resistant zippers
• Exclusive airflow-regulating cuffs
• 360 degrees of 3M Scotchlite reflective trim for maximum visibility
• Soft, moisture-wicking collar lining
• Compatible with hood (sold separately) via hook-and-loop attachment points
• Locker loop at collar
• Light loop on back vent
The Showers Pass Double Century RTX Jacket retails for $175 and is available now in Lime and White, sizes SM–XXL, for men, and Plum and Lime, sizes XS–XXL, for women.